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Forged in Canada - 80%

666head, July 3rd, 2007

Canada. When you think of music, what countries come to mind? U.S.A. and U.K., though probably to a metalhead, Norway and Sweden might also come up, but not Canada. And well, Canada has been the home of many good metal bands, and Anvil is one of them.

The album starts out with the Black Sabbath influenced Forged in Fire, then speeds it up with Shadow Zone, and doesn’t slow down from there, except on the love song Make it up to You, but even there, the pace doesn’t change that much, so it really doesn’t hurt the experience.

Musically, the album is done well, its in between NWOBHM and thrash, so it should please fans of both. You can also feel a bit of a glam metal influence, but it really doesn’t show as much, but weather that’s a good or a bad thing depends on the listener.
Lyrically, the album is ok, nothing new or special, but nothing preachy (as in saying war is bad in 16 different ways) so they really shouldn’t piss off or annoy anyone.

Overall, the album is solid, and its worth a listen to anyone who likes thrash or NWOBHM, and there are no tracks that are bad, most of them are on the same level, however, the ones that stand out are Forged in Fire, Future Wars, Make it up to You, and Winged Assassins.